Benefit Auction For X Japan's 'Crystal Piano' Nabs $1 Million in Bids
With five days left before bidding closes, the "crystal" piano being auctioned by X Japan's Yoshiki has nabbed over $1 million in bids! Yoshiki put the piano up for auction on Sunday, April 17th, in order to generate money for the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan.
The bid shot from $.01 to $42,000 only eight minutes after being posted! The high bid is currently at more than $1.2 million. The piano is a beautiful instrument; it's a custom-made, plexi-glass "Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai" and even has Yoshiki's name engraved on it. Yoshiki used the piano when X Japan played a spate of now-legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome.
The earthquake that ravaged Yoshiki's native Japan has sent ripples throughout his life. He was in a Tokyo recording studio when the earthquake hit and he felt the tremors despite not being in close proximity to the epicenter. Yoshiki and X Japan even postponed the release of 'Jade,' their debut US single, in order to offer aid to their fellow countrymen and to participate in recovery efforts.
Besides auctioning off his "crystal" piano, Yoshiki has masterminded a celebrity auction via his Yoshiki Foundation America. The proceeds will benefit quake and tsunami survivors. Fellow rockers Marilyn Manson and Anthony Kiedis (of the Red Hot Chili Peppers) have donated items, as have comic book author Stan Lee and actors Robert Pattinson and James Franco.
For more info on the Yoshiki Foundation America, go here.